Serene, beautiful Golden City, located in the middle of Thar desert – Jaisalmer is one of the top tourist destinations in India. City gets its golden color from the sand dunes, that surround the city, to the yellow sandstone which plays a predominant part in the architectural landscape. Jaisalmer is famed for its fort, beautiful Havelis and sand dunes.
Best Time to Visit: The ideal time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March.
Minimum time required in Jaisalmer to cover most of the tourist spots is 2-3 days.
We reached Jaisalmer around 1pm in the afternoon by bus, had lunch at Australian Blues restuarant and then headed straight for Sam Sand dunes(approx 45 kms from Jaisalmer). Sam is famous for its truly magnificient stretch of sand dunes with breathtaking crests and troughs.
We had booked Om Desert Camp resort in Sam for one night. It has a huge area – 13 acres of Land. Resort has a camp of 18 tents. Really clean, spacious and nice tents in the middle of the desert. Good food, good cultural programme, friendly staff. The package we took included Dinner, Breakfast, evening snacks, cultural programme, camel safari. We did Jeep safari as well at extra cost-best experience in desert! Loved it 🙂
After reaching at 2pm, we rested for a while and started Jeep safari at around 4:30 pm. What a speed of Jeep! Whoa! They took us to Sand dunes where we enjoyed till sunset and headed back in the jeep to Tent.
Their cultural event started at around 7pm around bonfire. We danced, enjoyed the programme , had dinner and finally slept!
In the morning we had breakfast at the camp, checked out and went to the dunes again for camel safari.
After that headed back to Jaisalmer for local sight seeing.
1. Jaisalmer Fort
The biggest attraction in the city is the Jaisalmer fort. It is called as ‘Sonar quila’, by the locals. Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal had built the enormous fort in 1156, whose golden colour camouflages it in the desert.This is a living fort and about a quarter of city’s population still live inside the fort. The main attractions inside the fort are Raj Mahal, Jain temple and the Laxminath temple. The entire living area is well protected within the ramparts of the fort.
2. Patwa Haveli
Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand for his sons. Currently, the Haveli is taken care of by the Rajasthan government. The gateways and arches of this Haveli are also masterpieces. The entire Haveli is made of yellow sandstone and the main gateway of this Haveli is brown. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.
3. Gadisar Lake
It is a scenic rainwater lake surrounded by the small temples and shrines of Amar Sagar. Earlier, this lake was used to be the main water source of Jaisalmer. Today it is a big attaraction for tourists in Jaisalmer.
4. Salim Singh ki Haveli
It was built some 200 years age by Salim Singh, a powerful Chief Minister of Jaisalmer. The haveli begins with a narrow dimension below with an elaborate projecting balcony on the top storey. It is distinguished by the blue cupola roof.
It is also known as ancient Capital of Jaisalmer, but it is more famous for the Jain temples and Kalp Vraksh (The wish tree). The architecture and carving on the stones is faboulus. This place is having very high religious value for the Jain community.
After visiting the above places, we left Jaisalmer in late evening and headed for Jodhpur. There are few more places in Jaisalmer that can be visited for Day 3 trip.
1. Kuldhara Village
The Village kuldhara was formed by a Paliwal person named Kuldhar and on his name the village is known as Kuldhara. The Village is now abandoned.The village is also known for its architecture and water conservation techniques.
Bada Bagh which literally means ‘Big Garden’ is located on the Ramgarh road. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view. The place is isolated. If you visit the place during sunrise and sun set, you are guaranteed of beautiful moments, which you cannot avoid clicking.
3. Tanot Mata Temple
Located at around 150km from the city of Jaisalmer, this temple is presently managed and maintained by the Border Security Forces, this temple has successfully escaped the 1965 Indo-Pak war. It is in fact believed that none of the bombs dropped by the Pakistani army exploded within the surroundings of this temple. The temple now has a museum that displays the unexploded bombs.
Last but not the least, shopping in Jaisalmer is a unique experience. The markets at Sadar Bazaar, Sonaron Ka Bas, Manak Chowk and Pansari Bazaar are quite good. You can also head to the government run shops – Khadi gramodyog bhandar, and Rajasthali.
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